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Under the direction of the Resource Sharing Program Manager, and with support of both the RSF and SCTS Teams, the Shared Resources Joint Project Group (SRJPG) is charged with developing a community needs assessment to address specific questions regarding resource sharing policies and collection development trends, in addition to the impact of those policies and trends on the patron experience across Alliance institutions. The JPG will produce an assessment documenting analysis of current institutional staff perceptions, and will make recommendations for specific policies or procedures and next steps. Both SCTS and RSF institutional Representatives will have an opportunity to provide feedback which will help shape the final report.


Membership in this group requires specific competencies in one or more of these areas:

  • Historical experience with SPOT, the Summit Planning and Operations Team
  • Significant experience with or a current role in resource sharing
  • Patron-facing (public services) experience
  • At least one JPG member affiliated with the RSF Team or the Summit SG
  • Collection development role and/or collection assessment experience
  • Experience managing unique/local collections, and/or managing electronic resources collections (such as licensing to support resource sharing)
  • Patron-facing (public services) experience
  • At least one JPG member affiliated with the SCTS Team 
Members have been appointed to their roles by the RSF and SCTS Program Managers, with an emphasis on selecting appointees who not only meet these requirements, but also represent institutionally diverse perspectives. 


This group will assess the needs of all stakeholder communities, and the current Alliance resource sharing landscape. They will consider these questions as potential avenues for investigation and assessment:
  • Are member institutions currently assessing patron satisfaction with current service level, loan periods, and scope of available resources? If so, how, and can they share those assessments with us?
  • Are current service levels, loan periods, and scope of available resources meeting patron needs?
  • Are public services/RS/ILL staff interested in adding a digital resource sharing workflow?
  • Do member institutions (specifically their impacted staff) know what is required to implement digital resource sharing, including developing new workflows, addressing copyright issues, potentially adopting/integrating additional software, etc.?
  • Do member institutions have the resources and personnel to successfully support additional resource sharing?
  • Have member institutions changed their approaches to collection development over the last five years? How much has investment in physical resources dropped? If significant, how does this affect long-term sharing?


The Joint Project Group is of limited duration, and does their work between January 15, 2018, and June 15, 2018.